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This is an updated version of an article published in the March, 2007 issue of Benchmarks Online - Ed.
By Dr. Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner, Student Computing Services Manager
As we reported last November, UNT has entered into a new contract with SkillSoft Learning Technologies and as a result, our CBT offerings on the SkillPort website have greatly expanded. The only place one needs to go for their online training at UNT now is the SkillPort site. That is because KnowledgeNet was purchased by SkillSoft and now all of their training is available at our SkillPort site too. I guess that SkillSoft is kind of like the Borg in that way!
There is a variety of new training on the site including courses on the Windows Vista operating system and Office 2007. Several of the latest Windows server technologies are covered with even more training on Vista, all Windows server types, and Office 2007 scheduled for release by the fall. Additionally, we have a great many new courses in Human Resources and management-related areas as well as project management solutions.
When loading the current UNT curricula catalog, I only loaded the very latest training they had in the applications and developer tools that we all use the most. However, if you are using something more specific to your college or area (like Lotus Notes, for example), please let me know and I will post it for you immediately.
Users of the SkillPort website will be happy to know that there are
no new instructions for accessing the courseware. The site looks exactly
the same; there are simply more courses to choose from. Everyone should
remember two things if they are accessing the SkillPort website for the
You can log in one of two ways, either at the old login screen:
https://cbt.acs.unt.edu/logon.htm -- Log in with your EUID and
OR via the redesigned CBT website, http://www.unt.edu/cbt/, Log in with your EUID and password:
Either way, after entering your EUID and password, click on the Login to SkillPort button (note: if for some reason, you
do not have a pre-registered CBT account, you will get an error message
after clicking this button. Just email me as instructed above, and I
will make your account for you):
Click on the Catalog header of the SkillPort homepage to access the
UNT Curricula and click on the UNT curricula link to see all of the
course catalog headings:
Pick a course you would like to play once you get down to the course
Choose to play the course or bookmark it for later training. It is
not recommended that you download the course unless you have a very slow
internet connection; the courses run much better from the website:
Once the course loads, you have several options: take a test to see
how much you already know, play the entire course from the beginning, or
select a particular chapter:
Another easy way to find training on a topic quickly is to simply
search the site for your particular learning issue. SkillPort will
return links to sections of all its courseware in order of relevance to
your needs (I use this all the time to 'spot train' on a narrow issue):
Our SkillPort offerings include training that can be used for your current job or for staff development. Simulations and mock tests for a variety of certifications are also available to you. Just in case you want to browse the several hundred titles I have already pre-loaded into the system for easy access, you can view this 44-page-and-growing-PDF here.
For any questions about SkillPort or other online training, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.